Sometimes the only nice thing you can say about a book is that you'll never have to read it again.
Play the Game! by Ruth Comfort Mitchell. Appleton (1921), 244 pp.
A high school girl falls in love with a slow-witted football star who may be congenitally prone to alcoholism. They agree to marry. Meanwhile, a rich and sophisticated but weak and sneaky boy with a bad leg falls for her. Both young men enroll in Stanford; the girl goes off to Italy for operatic training. They meet again at a hacienda in Mexico, where the football player’s bravery saves everyone from a renegade group of Pancho Villa’s forces.
This novel is aimed at teen-age girls dreaming of romance. The plot is contrived; the characters are shallow; the descriptions are vague. The moral is that everything will work out if women have no interests in life beyond the love of a good man. At least the book is a quick read.